Category Archives: Arts & Entertainment

OceanFirst Summer Jazz Series Continues on August 8!

The South Jersey Jazz Society is proud to announce the 3rd in a four part series sponsored in part by OceanFirst Bank.
This 4 part series tries in some small way to capture the music that made the Club Harlem in Atlantic City a very special part of the jazz history of this area.
On August 8th at Clancy’s by the Bay, the Giacomo Gates with John Di Martino on piano and Ed Howard on bass will make a very special and rare appearance here in South Jersey.
In a recent article in “Jazz Times”, Christopher Loudon writes, “There are two contenders for coolest, sharpest male vocalist around…and Giacomo Gates is one. Gates now 67, waited until his 40″s to pursue music full time, but quickly emerged as a deeply insightful vocal acrobat, preternaturally skilled in scat and vocals, and a first rate storyteller.”
John di Martino, Composer, Arranger, Pianist, has recorded many CD’s for Venus Records with his “Romantic Jazz Trio” Noted for his versatility, John has performed and recorded with such notables as Kenny Burrell, James Moody, Joe Lovano, David “Fat Head” Newman, Pat Martino, Paquito D’Rivera and Houston Person.
Ed Howard, currently resides in New York City and is a highly sought after bassist. Ed has also had a long-standing tenure with the Roy Haynes Quartet. Since joining Mr. Haynes in 1982, Ed has had the opportunity to tour extensively and record three CD’s with this grand master of the drums. Ed also sights Clifford Jordan as a major influence in his musical development.
This one set performance will begin at 7:30 p.m. Those who would like to order food should be seated by 6:30 p.m.

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Romero Britto Brings Exhibit to South Jersey for First Time

Ocean Galleries is delighted to welcome world-renowned pop artist, Romero Britto, for his first ever exhibition in Stone Harbor, NJ.  “Romero Britto – Brilliant World of Color” will include an impressive collection of artwork and sculptures on display at Ocean Galleries (9618 Third Avenue, Stone Harbor/609.368.7777) beginning Friday, August 4 through Tuesday, August 8, 2017. Continue reading Romero Britto Brings Exhibit to South Jersey for First Time

Plein Air Painting with Joseph Sweeney

 TWO DAY WORKSHOP: August 1 & 3
This workshop explores LBI and the surrounding area, with plenty of time to check out the beach and local restaurants. Instruction includes tips for painting efficiently outdoors by choosing a prime location, capturing the weather, and setting up a seascape pallet. Instruction includes demonstrations and lectures on painting surfaces, materials, mediums, compositional drawing and color studies.
Most media are welcomed including oil, acrylic, and pastel. A supply list will be available.
LBI Foundation of the Arts & Sciences
Fee: $65/two day workshop or $385/summer session (all 12 classes)

Toms River Native Brings The Bard to Huddy Park This Summer

The Toms River Shakespeare Festival takes its inaugural steps this summer to a custom built stage at Huddy Park, in Downtown Toms River. Founder & Producing Artistic Director, Lori Garrabrant, selected The Tempest because of it’s title event – the large storm conjured by the main character – a storm similar to one faced by Toms River and surrounding areas in 2012.

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70’s Disco Vibe Hits The Asbury Hotel “54 – the musical,” Funk-Raising Its Way to Broadway

The wild sights and sounds of the iconic ’70s disco Studio 54 will be recreated at the Asbury Hotel on Friday, August 11th when a concert version of a new theater piece “54- the musical” takes the stage.  The event is a fundraising preview to help bring the show to Broadway.

This year marks the 40th anniversary of the opening of Studio 54 in New York City, and the disco era, a revolutionary period of popular music and culture.

“As the author of the piece, I wanted to present a living installation where audiences could viscerally connect to the excitement of the era and identify with the stories of the songwriters reimagined,” said Asbury Park actress, singer and playwright Renée Bang Allen. Continue reading 70’s Disco Vibe Hits The Asbury Hotel “54 – the musical,” Funk-Raising Its Way to Broadway

Aldo Luongo brings “Reflections of Summer” Exhibit to Stone Harbor, NJ

This July, Ocean Galleries in Stone Harbor, NJ will host Aldo Luongo with his “Reflections of Summer” exhibit, an amazing collection of new paintings inspired by an innate love of summer and the seashore.   Guests will have the opportunity to meet Aldo Loungo from 7:00 PM to 10:00 PM on Saturday, July 22 and from 1:00 PM to 4:00 PM on Sunday, July 23, 2017.

“Reflections of Summer” opens at Ocean Galleries (9618 Third Avenue, Stone Harbor/609.368.7777) on Friday, July 21 and is on display through Wednesday, July 26 with all artwork available for acquisition. Exhibit hours are 10:00 AM to 10:00 PM daily. Continue reading Aldo Luongo brings “Reflections of Summer” Exhibit to Stone Harbor, NJ


Come hear acclaimed artists play classic jazz and swing at the Jay and Linda Grunin Center for the Arts at Ocean County College (OCC) during its new performing arts season.  The “Grunin Presents” and “MidWeek Jazz” lineup features big-name stars along with up-and-coming talent of local, national, and international acclaim.  Shows take place on the Main Stage, Grunin Center, OCC Main Campus, College Drive, Toms River, NJ.  Please use Parking Lot #2.


AC Ballet Celebrates 35 Years With More Performances, West Coast Tour

It’s Atlantic City Ballet’s 35th anniversary and their pulling out all the stops to make this a season to remember. First off the company is starting in July and adding two more months to their usually busy season. They’ll return to the Circus Maximus Theater in Caesars with eight months of dancing. Kicking it off will be a season opener fundraiser at Golden Nugget on July 27th entitled Celebrate The Swan, then the 35th season will officially open with a performance of Visions on the July 30th co-sponsored by Atlantic Medical Imaging. The company will perform every month up until December
when they will finish the first half of their season with Nutcracker. Then it’s off to the west coast for their US Tour with stops in Arizona and California. After a very short break they’ll be back at Caesars to end their season with two more ballets which will include the much anticipated premier of Romeo and Juliet. The ballet will also be performing at their Ocean County home, The Strand in Lakewood, for four performances throughout the year. Continuing their community outreach initiative, Everyday Dance, AC Ballet will continue to provide AC residents with $12 discounted tickets to all
their performances. As an added bonus, they will be opening their rehearsal doors to the public. Now anyone can visit the studio and catch a rehearsal. Up Close and Personal will be Tuesdays through Thursdays 12 to 2 at the AC Ballet studio in Boardwalk Hall. Suggested donation is $10. Continue reading AC Ballet Celebrates 35 Years With More Performances, West Coast Tour


August 16, 2017 marks 40 years since the passing of the most famous entertainer of our time, Elvis Presley, “The King of Rock n’ Roll.” Back by popular demand, Elvis tribute artist Richie Santa and his 12-piece band will celebrate the music and career of this American icon! On Friday, August 25th, come join us and celebrate this 40th Anniversary Spectacular!


Neil Berg’s 100 Years of Broadway

Neil Berg, producer of over 1,000 Broadway Concerts worldwide, presents his shining star: 100 Years of Broadway recreating the greatest moments from the finest shows of the century featuring the actual stars of shows such as Phantom of the Opera, Les Miserables, CATS, Jesus Christ Superstar, and Jekyll & Hyde. These amazing performers light up the stage with songs from the hit shows in which they starred. But this is more than show tunes.
The narration weaves in stories about artists, musicals, and the history of the Broadway Musical while presenting brilliantly revived arrangements of Broadway classics and thrilling numbers from Broadway’s newest hit shows. Neil captures the songs in the context of the show that spawned them, with all of their power, meaning and expressiveness intact.
Non-Members: $60
Members: $50, call the LBIF office (609.494.1241) 
for a special discount code with current membership 
July 16 @ 7pm